UK government once again threatens to ditch Microsoft Office

The UK government is once again outlining plans to swap Microsoft’s Office software for open source alternatives. Ministers aim to save millions of pounds by moving away from the popular Office suite of applications. The Press Association reports that around £200 million ($ 331 million) has been spent on the software since 2010. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is expected to outline the plans during a speech later today. “The software we use in government is still supplied by just a few large companies,” Maude will say. “A tiny oligopoly dominates the marketplace.”

One part of the plans is to create technical standards for document formats. “The adoption of compulsory standards in government threatens to break open Whitehall’s…

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